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Facing Your Fears in Schools: Implementing a CBT Program for Students with ASD or Other Learning Needs and Anxiety

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or other learning needs are at high risk for developing psychiatric symptoms, and anxiety disorders are among the most common co-occurring conditions (Simonoff et al. 2008).� Anxiety markedly interferes with peer relationships, family functioning and participation in academic programming (Wood, 2006).� Few children with ASD or other learning needs have access to interventions that address this important mental health concern.� Schools represent one of the only consistent resources available to students with ASD or other learning needs and their families.� Providing services in schools increases access by overcoming the barriers to care faced by many families.� We are particularly invested in meeting the needs of underserved students, including students from low-income families and/or underrepresented racial/ethnic minority students, as they are at increased risk for experiencing significant co-occurring mental health symptoms, yet encounter significant disparities in access to mental health services.�

MPS-MNLEND Team Top L to R: Elle Chenoweth (MNLEND Fellow - MPS); Cynthia Hillyer (Dir. of Early Childhood Ed - MPS); Mariana Walther (MNLEND Fellow - MPS) Bottom row L to R: (Suad Salad, Assoc. Educator - MPS); Nancy Gonzalez (MNLEND Fellow)


Including Family Voices to Improve Service Delivery to Multilingual & Underserved Young Children with ASD

A MPS ASD Family Voices & MNLEND Partnership

The ASD Family Voices Project is an initiative of Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) that focuses to improve service delivery to multilingual and underserved young children (3-5 years) with ASD and their families. In the 2016-2017 school year, MPS and MNLEND launched a collaborative partnership to create an evaluation project to analyze the effectiveness of MPS services and processes for multilingual children and families who receive services in the Early Education, Special Education and Multilingual Departments.



Introducing the Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy Family Navigation Online Training Module

By Maria Cortes, MSW Student, and Jen St. Cyr, Director of Family Services

At the Washington Autism Alliance & Advocacy (WAAA), we are excited for the opportunity to collaborate with partner agencies in Washington State through a generous autism-focused grant from the Washington State Department of Health made possible by AMCHP. A product of this collaboration is our new Family Navigation Online Training. You can find it here:



MCHB Minute - December 2017

As we near the end of 2017, we can reflect on and be proud of the many accomplishments across all of our Autism CARES programs! Together, we are improving the care and outcomes for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities (DDs) through training, advancing best practices, and service. We are advancing innovative approaches to reach underserved populations that increase access to comprehensive coordinated care.



New R41 Funded to Expand Pathways to Early Screening and Intervention for Underserved Toddlers with ASD

PROGRAM: University of Washington PATHWAYS Project

The UW READi Lab received a 3-year HRSA award in September 2017 for a grant entitled, "Expanding Pathways to Early Screening and Intervention for Underserved Toddlers with ASD." The purpose of the PATHWAYS project is to reduce health care disparities and improve early access to ASD-specialized services for low-income English- and Spanish-speaking families. We are partnering with health care, early intervention, and early learning agencies/programs. In the first phase, we are conducting focus groups with community providers and families to understand the barriers and facilitators to communicating about ASD concerns. Based on the information obtained, we will design shared decision-making materials for use in the second phase of the grant. �



RI LEND/DBP Connections

The Division of DBP at Brown/Hasbro Children's Hospital has graduated 19 DBP fellows since 2003 when they were one of the first programs to receive ACGME accreditation.



Seeking Volunteers / Nominations for a New Autism CAREs Planning Committee

In preparation for the 2018 Autism CARES Network virtual activities, AUCD is looking for planning committee members who can represent the voices of the training, research, and state systems change grantees. This year as we expand the planning committee to represent the diverse perspectives within the CARES network, we are seeking nominations from grantees; self-nominations are welcome. While we continue to value the wisdom and expertise of established network leaders, we are also hoping to leverage new ideas from emerging leaders involved with implementing the goals of the grantee network. If you are interested in participating in the planning committee or would like to nominate someone from your program, project or coalition, please email Sarah DeMaio at



Training Focused Summary of Federal Transition Report

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the 2017 Report to Congress: Young Adults and Transitioning Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder, which found that there is a critical need for research and better coordinated services targeted to youth with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who are transitioning to adulthood. �ITAC staff developed a brief summary of the HHS report that pulled out items relevant to the LEND and DBP training programs.



Transition Bootcamp (OH UCEDD)

This year's Transition Bootcamp event was our largest and most successful to date. Thank you to all of our 65+ vendors and sponsors for your financial contribution, making the event so successful; to our 300+ attendees for taking the time of out your busy schedules to increase your knowledge; to our 40+ committee members and volunteers for selflessly doing whatever was asked; and to our 50+ presenters for sharing your expertise and wisdom with the group.



Update on Tax Bill and Action Needed

Vote on Tax Bill Tomorrow Contact your Members Today!

It is imperative that you continue to call your Members of Congress TODAY to educate them on the devastating impact this bill will have on people with disabilities as well as on Medicaid, Medicare, and other critical programs that support people with disabilities.



Updates from the State Public Health Autism Resource Center - December 2017

AMCHP's State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC) has released several new resources and technical assistance opportunities designed to aid and assist Autism and other Developmental Disabilities (ASD/DD) grantees.



Beyond Accessibility: Why Employment Is The Next Benchmark For Disability Advocates

AUCD Executive Director Andy Imparato Speaks at Wyoming UCEDD

Recently AUCD Executive Director Andy Imparato visited Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) to discuss the benefits of grassroots advocacy. He spoke with Wyoming Public Radio & Media's Caroline Ballard about why having real people tell their stories to policymakers results in better laws.



Elise McMillan and Gov. Bill Haslam receive 2017 Freedom Awards (TN UCEDD, LEND, IDDRC)

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center (TN UCEDD, LEND, IDDRC) UCEDD co-director Elise McMillan and TN Governor Bill Haslam were both honored with the 2017 Freedom Award from Disability Rights Tennessee (TN Protection and Advocacy). The Freedom Award honors Tennesseans who through their leadership have advanced the rights of people with disabilities.



Would you like to be a CDC "Learn the Signs. Act Early." Ambassador? The RFA is Available Now!

Do you live and work in Alaska, American Samoa, Arkansas, Delaware, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Northern Mariana Islands, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Wyoming? AUCD, the CDC, and HRSA are excited to announce the RFA for a new 2018-2019 cohort for the Act Early Ambassadors: State and Territorial Liaisons to CDC's "Learn the Signs. Act Early." Program.



National Survey Provides New Directions for Expanding Inclusion of People with Disabilities in the Workplace (NH UCEDD/LEND)

Kessler Foundation released the results of a new national survey that shows that employers are striving to recruit, hire, train, and retain people with disabilities, and reveals areas of opportunity for even greater successes in the workplace. The 2017 Kessler Foundation National Employment and Disability Survey: Supervisor Perspectives is the first survey to look at the effectiveness of these practices from the perspective of supervisors of employees with and without disabilities. Results of the 2017 Survey, which was commissioned by Kessler Foundation and conducted by the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability (UNH-IOD), were presented by experts today on Capitol Hill.

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